My yorkie is a 7.5 weeks old and cries when left alone
When ever I leave the room she cries and cries. When we leave for and hour or so she will cry herself sick. She will literally throw up :(
How do I help her from this? We Have only had her 3 days so it could be stress or anxiety related but how do we help her cope?
Hi Heather Natural instinct makes a young puppy have a strong need to be close to her 'pack' (that's now you and your family) - because in the wild she would die without protection and someone to care for her. At 7 1/2 weeks old your puppy is a tiny baby and her body is responding subconsciously.
Given that, it's natural for a puppy to cry when left alone and to get anxious and stressed, but it's also important for her to learn that it's okay for her to be alone for short periods and that you will always come back.
Crying hysterically and vomiting or defecating due to anxiety is often a sign of separation anxiety in a dog, but in such a young puppy that is unlikely to have really developed yet but is more likely a sign of a slightly anxious personality, and a result of all the changes she's been through recently. However, although it's unlikely to be real separation anxiety following the tips and advice for dealing with that should help in this situation.
Obviously you can't be with her every minute and it's not being cruel to leave her alone for short periods even if you're home. It's difficult to ignore crying and squealing, especially if she's literally making herself sick, but it's important to help her learn to be comfortable alone, so you'll need to steel your nerves and put up with it. Start out with 10 minutes or so and work up, and NEVER take her out of her crate while she's mid-howl, always wait for a 'lull' - even if it's only a 20 second break in the crying.
If she's crying in her crate, ignore her. Don't be tempted to go back into the room, talk to her, pet her through the door or bars or try to soothe her. This will only make things worse. Just put her in her crate (or playpen or wherever), make sure she has something to play with, then tell leave her alone until you're ready to get let her out or you come home.
Make sure she has a couple of sturdy chew toys and an old T-shirt or piece of clothing that belongs to you will carry your scent and may help soothe her... but make sure it's one that you don't mind getting torn up or peed or vomited on! There are also natural products you can use such as pheremone air diffusers that help to calm an overly-anxious puppy or dog. You can also leave the TV or radio on low for company, there are even DVD's and dog relaxation cds that can be very relaxing and soothing.
It will take patience, time and love to help her get over this behavior, but as she's still very young she has plenty of time to learn new behavior and it shouldn't be too difficult once you get started. You can find more help dealing with this on my Dog Training For Separation Anxiety. I wish you lots of luck and hope your little girl is doing much better soon.